Scandal Rocks Oral Roberts U.

Ex-professors' lawsuit details financial abuses by president
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2007 5:53 PM CDT
Dr. John Swails, left, Attorney Gary Richardson, center, and Dr. Tim Brooker answer questions during a news conference announcing their suit against Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., in this Tuesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Oral Roberts University is embroiled in allegations of financial misdeeds by president Richard Roberts, who stands accused of going on spending sprees with donors' money and illegally using university resources to aid a political campaign, the AP reports. Three former professors who filed suit this week say they were fired for attempting to expose the indulgences.

The suit accuses Roberts, son of the school's founder, of using university funds to remodel his house 11 times in the past 14 years. The ex-professors say he bought his wife tens of thousands of dollars' worth of clothing, provided her with a Lexus SUV and Mercedes convertible, and used the university jet for his daughter's vacation.